Four grants recently were awarded to projects in Quincy and Pittsfield as part of the Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition/Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area 2012 Partnership Grant Program.
With projects ranging from bricks and mortar to living history and interpretive signage, these grants were awarded after a process that saw more than three dozen submissions from the 42 counties of the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area. The $28,800 in grant money to 23 communities comes from the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation. With matching funds and in-kind contributions, the total amount of investment in these projects will be nearly $100,000.
The local awardees are:
• Abe Lincoln Project of Pike County: $1,000 for its Lincoln Days Civil War Reenactment.
• All Wars Museum at the Illinois Veterans Home: $1,500 for its mural of "Abraham Lincoln, The Great Locomotive Chase & The Congressional Medal of Honor."
• Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County: $1,500 for its Lincoln and Douglas Chautauqua and Exhibition.
• Lincoln-Douglas Debate Interpretive Center: $1,500 for its Turning Point exhibit.
Projects that were recognized demonstrated how they will help preserve and interpret an area's local or regional stories and their significance to the nation and the world. Additional consideration was given for cultural, ethnic, arts and recreation programs in line with the area's Lincoln focus.
Support for grants was made possible through support from The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation.
The Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition is a nonprofit organization that works with local, state, and national partners across the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area.